"Yeah we spoke about that, we're in touch, everything is on a civil level... So we're mates again, I suppose".
"We were spending 24 hours a day in the band, now we're growing as individual men but we still check in".
Malik, who left the band in dramatic fashion in March 2015, breaking hearts everywhere, said that even when One Direction was still going in the same direction, he and Styles, 23, hardly spoke. "So I didn't really expect that much of a relationship with him [after]".
"Who knows? I've said it before: Never say never", he told Us. "If I wanted to come back in 10, 15 years' time, then yeah, why not?"
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One of the reasons Zayn cited for leaving the band was that it all happened too fast, got real too quickly.
Malik is now hard at work on a second album, the follow-up to 2015's "Mind of Mine". I don't know. If I didn't want to (be in the band) then, I might not.
"I just concentrate on my relationship and try to do right by my girlfriend and she does by me, and we hope for the best, as we all do!" Life's too fucking short.' A mother's intuition is just fucking insane.
Zayn's departure naturally forced rumours to circulate surrounding his relationship with the others in the band and reports of stand-offs between him and Harry have been rife. It always felt supernatural to me.